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HP Elite x3

Specifications

HP Elite x3
HP Elite x3 (ElitePad Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6 inch 16:9, 2560x1440 pixel 490 PPI, AMOLED, Gorilla-Glas 4, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Card Reader: Up to 2TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE-A
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.8 x 161.8 x 83.5 ( = 0.31 x 6.37 x 3.29 in)
Battery
4150 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix Videos @1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Keyboard: Stereo
Weight
195 g ( = 6.88 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
900 Euro

 

Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 22 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 95%, features: 85%, display: 85% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 75%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 90%

Reviews for the HP Elite x3

80% HP Elite X3 Review: A super phablet that’s stuck with a faltering OS
Source: Mobile Syrup English
The Elite X3 also has the kind of specs you would expect from a phone at its price point. These include a whopping 4150 mAh Li-ion polymer battery that is wireless charging compatible, USB-C wired charging, a 16-megapixel FHD rear-facing camera, an 8-megapixel FHD front facing camera, great front-facing B&O PLAY speakers, a noise-cancelling microphone, iris and fingerprint scanners, and 64GB of internal storage (expandable to 2TB if you are not using the second SIM card slot). HP has also produced a nice range of accessories such as a variety of cases, a dedicated stylus and the aforementioned Desk Dock.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% HP Elite x3 review: The closest thing to one device for all of your needs
Source: Neowin English
HP's Elite x3 fills a very specific niche. If you're running a business and you're looking for one device to give your employees to fill every role, then look no further. And to be clear, that's exactly who this handset is aimed it.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Review: HP's Elite x3 is too much smartphone, not enough PC
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Maybe the concept of a universal PC that adapts to be a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop as needed is one that should be filed away in the failed-experiments room. Or maybe one day, someone will figure out how to make the universal computer. In the meantime, two devices -- real laptop and real smartphone -- are still better than one.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/27/2016
60% HP’s Elite x3 Phone Is a Mini PC in Disguise
Source: Tom's Guide English
HP's Elite x3 can bolster productivity by transforming from phone to desktop to laptop. We certainly give the phone points for versatility, and the battery life seems impressive. But the process of going from handheld device to workstation mode wasn't as seamless as we'd hoped, and the lack of Windows Mobile apps remains a challenge if you do more than the very basics with your work phone. In addition, the Elite x3's camera struggles in low light.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% HP Elite x3
Source: PC Mag English
The HP Elite x3 looks like a great solution for enterprises that want to consolidate their hardware layouts, are willing to buy into the full Microsoft stack (Office 365, Skype for Business, SharePoint, domains) and don't allow BYOD. If employees want to play Pokémon Go, they can do it on their own phones.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
HP's Elite X3 gets closer to the dream of a Windows Phone as a PC
Source: Engadget English
The Elite X3 is basically pure potential. It's the best stab I've seen yet at making Microsoft's Continuum feature genuinely useful. And it could be a compelling mobile option as businesses look beyond BlackBerry. But right now, it's hampered by Microsoft's disinterestedness in mobile and the inherent limitations of virtualized software.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/17/2016
HP Elite x3 review: This could be the last great Windows phone
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Let’s not forget Windows phone’s distinguishing feature, Continuum. The HP Elite x3 is the best example yet of this phone-to-PC mashup, and it remains a feature that Android and iOS just can’t match. Speculation is flying about what’s next for Windows phone: A Surface phone? Maybe. For now, HP’s Elite x3 is the best Windows phone. Whether it’s the last great Windows phone is the unanswered question.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2016
HP Elite X3: The most interesting phone you don't need (hands-on)
Source: CNet English
Even the flagship Continuum feature became frustrating once I ventured outside of Microsoft's ecosystem of apps. While Word, PowerPoint and Outlook worked perfectly, there are still some apps that don't support the feature, such as the collaboration tool Slack. To get around this I was able to use the web version of Slack, which worked fine, but this didn't work for Google Docs and I was forced to do all of my typing in Microsoft Word, which isn't ideal given CBS Interactive uses Google Apps for Work.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/17/2016
90% HP Elite x3 review: This could be the last great Windows phone
Source: PC World English
The real kicker, though, is the monthly usage: 40 hours per user for the Essential tier, and 80 hours per month for the Premium tier. Granted, that’s a solid workweek for the Essential user. Still, I’d hate to be the mobile worker who comes to depend on Workspace and then runs out of their allocated time while on the road.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Hands on: HP Elite x3 review
Source: Techradar English
Windows 10 Mobile is already in a slump, with almost no devices coming out. Enter the 5.96-inch HP Elite x3: one of the most intriguing, versatile and overpowered phones on any platform. That said, good hardware doesn't fix Windows 10 Mobile's other big problem: a stagnant app store. Until I have more time with it, I'm also not 100% confident the Elite x3 can smoothly transition between its three modes.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2016
Probably - the HP Elite x3 is big with a huge battery and a lot of class
Source: PC Advisor English
Although we saw a prototype we're impressed with the HP Elite x3. It's a big on the large size but this means a huge battery to go with it and the other core specs largely match up or beat the Galaxy S7. With the docking station, dummy laptop and Windows Continuum the Elite x3 could be the best Windows phone we've seen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/19/2016

Foreign Reviews

Business-Smartphone, das auch Mini-PC sein will
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/13/2017
83% Smartphone, PC und Laptop in einem Gerät
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% features: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 60%
88% Windows 10 Mobile gegen die Perfektion
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 95% display: 90% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%
HP Elite X3
Source: PocketPC German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2016
72% Recensione HP Elite X3
Source: Mobile World Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 60% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 70%
Eerste indruk: HP-smartphone die je als laptop kunt gebruiken
Source: Bright.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Impressive design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; support waterproof. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/06/2016
Wspaniały telefon, którego nie polecę nikomu. HP Elite x3 - recenzja Spider's Web
Source: Spiders Web Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; decent performance; high autonomy; good cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/20/2016
HP Elite x3, czyli telefon, który bardzo chce być komputerem – pierwsze wrażenia Spider’s Web
Source: Spiders Web Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; high autonomy; impressive design. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/30/2016
Najmocniejszy smartfon z mobilnym Windowsem wreszcie w sprzedaży
Source: Komorkomania Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Large screen; impressive hardware; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/12/2016
Представяне на HP Elite X3 – 5.96″ QHD дисплей, Snapdragon 820 и PC възможности
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Positive: Impressive design; excellent display; high performance. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/09/2017
60% Test HP Elite X3
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%

Comment

Model: The HP Elite x3 is a productive, business oriented smartphone targeted for on-the-go business people. This is a device that promises to be your all in one computing device. Technically, it is able to perform as a smartphone, tablet and a computer if you need that for some reason. Weighing in at just 195 g, the sleek design feels good in hand highlighted by a metallic section at the bottom that holds in the beautiful, laser cut speaker grills. Under that grill are the Bang & Olufsen PLAY speakers and active noise cancellation microphones for clearer calls. The rear of the device contains the camera, fingerprint sensor and modernized HP emblem and the only color option is black. Apart from the small grille for its speakers, the HP Elite x3 is practically all display due to its thin bezels. It has a 5.96 inch touchscreen with 1440 x 2569 pixels panel, which produces sharp images at 494 ppi pixel density and is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Not many would like to carry around a 6" smartphone but the quality of this display makes it all worth it.

The Microsoft Windows 10 device is a perfect ecosystem, since it is especially useful when docked to a larger screen for seamless productivity. Like the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL, you can hook this handset up to an external monitor to use it as a Windows 10 desktop and it has an Iris scanner for easy unlocking. There are two variants; single SIM or dual SIM. On-board is a Snapdragon 820 processor which contains 2 Kryo cores at 2.15 GHz and 2 Kyro cores at 1.6 GHz. The processor is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU for graphic enhancements. Besides this, there are 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The storage capacity can be expanded by up to 256 GB using the microSD slot. The HP Elite x3 comes with a 16 MP f/2.2 rear camera and an 8 MP front facing shooter.

Other features on the device include A-GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a USB Type-C connector. Battery life on the HP Elite x3 is provided by a removable Lithium-Ion cell rated at 4150 mAh. The battery is said to last more than a day with full usage and utilizes a v3.0 USB Type-C port for charging. It also supports both the Qi and PMA wireless charging standards. Like other business oriented devices, the Elite x3 has been designed to be durable and meets the 810G military spec. The phone is also waterproof up to IP67 which should keep it safe from minor spills and rainy days. The HP Elite X3 is a good phone for someone who prefers the Windows platform. Its main rival is the Microsoft Lumia 950XL. In comparison to Android devices, it comes close to the Nexus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Handy-On by: Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 530: Integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that is clocked at up to 624 MHz. Early 2016 it is a high end graphics card for Android based smartphones and tablets that should be able to coop with very demanding games. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
820 MSM8996: High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores (two fast 2.15 GHz cores in a cluster and two power saving 1.6 GHz cores) and an Adreno 530 GPU. Manufactured in a 14 nm HPM process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
6":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.195 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. 

Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.

In the laptop segment, HP was the world's largest manufacturer from 2014 to 2016 with a market share of 20-21% from 2014 to 2016, but they only exceed Lenovo by a small margin as of recently. HP is not present in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).


77%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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Stefan Hinum, 2016-08-19 (Update: 2016-08-19)